Episcopal Church head at Saturday conference in Pawleys Island

The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, will be among church leaders at a sold-out educational conference Saturday at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.

Jefferts Schori will lead the opening Eucharist and give one of the keynote addresses titled “Connecting to the Wider Church.”

Other speakers will address subjects that pertain to the upheaval in the U.S. Episcopal Church with the withdrawal of churches, including a number along the Grand Strand, from the body.

Two workshops, “Rebuilding While Rejoicing” and “Showing the Way While Staying the Course,” will include officials from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which has been through a period of schism similar to that ongoing in South Carolina.

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the breakaway churches in the state are enmeshed in a lawsuit over who owns the property of the breakaway churches.